Haha! Thanks. I always write long-winded sentences but usually try to be grammatically correct. Of couse that may not matter because I like to throw in a lot of slang.
It probably doesn't but Dh is adamant about making the house look as nice as possible. We made the landscaping all pretty and touched up some paint in the front. Inside I've just been organizing and cleaning. It does actually look a ton nicer. Its just that we are in a tough area to sell and are afraid the appraisal will be too low and I want to get the FLIP out of here!!!
I wrote a list of every improvement I made, with the costs, since I bought the house, from installing dual-pane windows to central heating to just replacing the back fence and provided that to the appraiser.
I didn't do nearly as much as I would have if I was trying to sell, but I did a lot. I think it made a huge difference. With at least five homes within our two blocks in foreclosure, a terrible housing market in our city, and the refinance officer at the bank thinking there was No Way our home would appraise for what I bought it for 4 years ago, our appraisal came through $100K over what I paid for it. It was well worth putting in the work.
Wow Lydia, that's awesome! We've done everything we had planned to do except put in tile (nice tile) floors and change the counter tops. This appraisal is for refinancing but after this we basically plan on buying property and making payments on that while we're fixing the house to sell. Its pretty much there, like I said. Dh has done a TON of really nice landscaping and we installed an air conditioner. We really would love to put in nicer appliances because the ones we have are trash, but I don't know if that's possible. I think it would help though. I think once we get the quote this week we'll be able to go from there and change what we need to get the best price possible. The house on the other side of the playground (yes, we live on a playground) is vacant but they fixed it up and took the for sale sign down so I'm waiting for people to move in. There are two houses down the street trying to sell at the price they bought it for 5 or 6 years ago and they've been sitting there for a year or two. One house that's the same model as ours sold for $40,000 under what we paid, even though we were told our house was worth about $18,000 under what we paid (just based on the neighborhood statistics, we're obviously hoping for better).
I was hoping our Rocky Mountain Christian Church neighbors would bring in some eager church going folk, but not as many as I have expected have come. I just want it to be worth at least as much as what we bought it for.
So... I'm a lousy friend. My best friend just called me and we talked for a good hour. We've been friends since high school and I've NEVER liked talking on the phone, so she knows that about me. But she DOES talk on the phone, so I totally understand how it's hard on her. She cried to me, said it hurts her that instead of calling her about whatever's going on in my life, I jump online and talk to... well, you guys. And that sucks, she's totally right. I should call her. I LIKE talking to her! But I just can't pick up the dang phone. I suck.
Oh yeah, one other thing. I'm reading Freud's Civilization and its Discontents. I got it used and the previous owner has underlined things and made little comments in the margins. Little Christian comments in the margins. I have to say, it annoys me so much I'm having a hard time reading the book. At one point she (and I say "she" because she dots her 'i's with little hearts) said "Religion is NOT just a feeling! At least not Christianity." The last comment I read last night said something like "he's long winded and so far has yet to make a point." I seriously wanted to rip the entire page out of my book.
My favorite was reading her copy of "**** : A declaration of Independence"
I've been there!
I confess I love my mommy for paying for us to fly home and rent a car while we are there!! Just about 2 months before we go home!!! So excited!!! And apparently my sister wants to give me a baby shower while I am there, which I dont need, but I dont mind getting together with everyone and just hanging out!!!
I've been to Truth or Consequences, too!
And Bean, I know how you feel. I can't talk on the phone. There would be crying or babies trying to climb up me if I did. I don't think you're a bad friend.
I used to be able to do it, and sometimes I still do when I commute, but electronic communication is pretty much the only thing I can do to stay in touch. One of my friends from high school just became my friend on Facebook and asked me to call her. I said I couldn't because of the babies, but we could email and she could look at my blog if she wanted to catch up. She wrote back and told me if I got a spare minute or two I should call her. She just doesn't get it.
I think my favorite passage was when she was talking about how her dad told her she wasn't allowed to have boys in her room with the door closed, because of what it would do to her reputation... and then she said something about "Little did he know it wasn't the boys he had to worry about" I literally laughed out loud.
I confess teenagers drive me crazy.
I confess I love and miss you all. My sister's here and I've been entertaining.
I confess big, big hugs for Bean. I've been there with the friend/phone thing. I am sorta phone phobic and people just refuse to understand or accept that.
I confess that almost everyone I know has been super judgmental and downright angry with me over my decision to be a SAHW for the time being. Why does this upset people so much? I'm getting to the point where I don't want to meet new people because inevitably the "what do you do?" question comes up and they get all offended when I tell them.